Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Susan Caringella-MacDonald

Second Advisor

Dr. Lewis Walker

Third Advisor

Dr. Thomas VanValey

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Past studies have revealed that people with traditional gender role views are often involved in dating violence. This study examines both male and female athletes and non-athletes in terms of traditional gender role views and dating violence. Athletes and non-athletes are an important focus because literature is virtually silent on these two populations in terms of dating violence. The researcher surveyed 188 undergraduate students attending Western Michigan University on their attitudes and experiences concerning gender role views, athletic involvement, and history of dating violence, respectively. The results indicate that gender role views and athletic participation appeared to have no significant impact on involvement in dating violence. Conclusions suggest, therefore, more research is needed in order to understand the root of the problem of dating violence.